Cardiff Met recently caught up with Science without Boarders students Talita and Luiza, who are studying the BSc Architectural Design and Technology, to find out about their experience as students here and their decision to study at Cardiff Met.
What made you choose Cardiff Met?
Talita: The key points that made me choose Cardiff Met were the course content and the location of the university. I had always lived in big cities and I was looking for a slightly smaller city with a low cost of living, but with a good infra-structure and facilities available. I found everything I could want in Cardiff - not too small, not too big.
Luiza: I chose Cardiff Met because of the service and support they gave me before I arrived in the UK. Their international office helped with everything from accommodation to immigration and I knew I’d arrive to a new country and culture both confidently and safely. Once I arrived they helped me to adapt, get to know the city and meet other international students – they cared for me in every way!
What’s been your experience of living in Cardiff and studying at the university?
Talita: Cardiff is a charming city, more manageable than London and with everything you need. There are lots of places to explore – beaches, historic cities nearby, amazing landscapes and just 2 hours from London. Cardiff is a really good city for shopping, with a lot of options for entertainment and a vibrant student population. My university experience has been great. I am learning a lot and most importantly I am learning essential subjects that will be really important once I graduate. I am also learning with a different approach to that which I was used to in Brazil, another key reason I chose Cardiff Met.
Luiza: The city centre is a very pleasant place to go for a walk. The city is compact, making everything easily accessible. You can travel everywhere by foot or bicycle – cycling the trail next to the river down to Cardiff Bay is one of my favourite rides. It has been an incredible experience so far, and I am sure it will only get better. The people at the university are very friendly and helpful with whatever I need.
How is the education system different to the education system back in Brazil?
Luiza: The facilities and learning tools students at Cardiff Met have access to make a great difference. Everything is supported by an online platform, making it easy to download the lectures, submit your assignments and communicate with teachers. It also gives access to a wealth of online material for research and consultancy. The library is equipped with lots of work stations, with free internet access and other facilities.
What are your plans after leaving Cardiff and after graduating from Brazil?
Talita: After leaving Cardiff Met and graduating in Brazil I want to use all the skills I’ve learned about and experienced in practice. I want to find a job that I like and that allows me to develop the abilities I’ve gained at Cardiff Met.
Do you have any advice for students in Brazil applying to Cardiff Met?
Talita: My only advice to students would be to make the most of this unique experience, which I am sure will be really important in both your professional and personal life as well.
Luiza: If I could give one piece of advice to someone wanting to study in the UK, I would definitely say choose Cardiff Met. Here I have found a team of professional people, who teach whilst making the university experience the best it can be for the students. Also, the quality of life I found in Cardiff only enhances the amazing experience. I'm really going to miss Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff when I leave in August!